Fridays are for Favorites

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Remember the good ol days before Pinterest? When buying a card and a gift was sufficient enough for Mothers/Fathers Day? While Pinterest is my knowledgeable friend, the only thing in my life that I can count on to give me an awesome design tutorial while planning out my meals for the next – oh, I don’t know – year, it can be a little overwhelming. There are gift ideas for every holiday and I feel compelled to make the best present of the century.

And sometimes my projects fall apart, then I end up with nothing when the day comes. Because, as it would seem, I am incapable of working on anything until I only have a couple hours left to do it. Since this Fathers Day will be full of so many amazing fathers, I figured I needed to get a head-start on the gifts. So…here are my favorite DIY Fathers Day gift ideas!

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Letter Blocks for Dad tutorial from Stories by Me: (found through Mod Podge Rocks) A good tutorial on how to make personalized blocks for the dad in your life. These don’t have to be for just Fathers Day either. They can be used for Christmas, Birthdays or for any reason you feel like making them. Thinking of actually making some with Cecilia’s initials for her room. How cute would that be! The site also has tutorials and classes to learn how to do other projects like this.

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Scrabble word letter art tutorial from Bargain Hoot. Rene’ from Bargain Hoot uses a blank background, but you can also check out the tutorial from Just Another Day in Paradise, that uses a picture in the background. I know one very awesome dad who would love a picture of him and his very awesome baby in a frame like this :)

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Homemade Hot Sauce tutorial from Giver’s Log. AmberLee not only shares a recipe for hot sauce that she got from CITYMAMA, she also shares free printables to put on the jars. It’s a great idea for not only our awesome dads but for anyone who is awesome and loves hot sauce. Like me. I love hot sauce.

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Chalkboard mug tutorial by Wit & Whistle. I have referenced this site a few times before for cool tutorials, so I already know how awesome it is. Again, this mug is not only for Fathers Day, but could really be used for anything. Since all of the fathers in my life drink coffee, I can sure that at least one – if not, all – will get a mug!

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BBQ Kit by The Mombot. Another awesome site that I never saw until now. All the fathers in my family love to man the BBQ. I’m a pretty lucky girl, to say the least. They all would love this kit, and maybe I could even screen print a photo of Cecilia on the apron. I pretty much want to screen print a picture of Cecilia on everything I see. Oh, you got a new hand towel? Cool. Do you mind if I screen print my daughter’s face on it? It’s pretty much like that.

If you haven’t started working on the Fathers Day gifts yet, I hope this gives you a push in whichever direction you choose. Like always, feel free to follow my Pinterest for even more Fathers Day ideas! If you have any tutorials or projects you would like to share, post them in the pictures! If you are making any gifts, use #diyfathersday on Instagram, Twitter, or what the heck, both!

Thrifty Thursdays

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No Thrifty Thursday category would be complete without tye-dye. As much as it is joked about, it’s the classic DIY approach to bringing new life to old items. What I didn’t know about tye-dye is that there is quite an art to doing it, and if you do it right, you can really make some artful designs. So if you’re looking to make your life a little more tye-dyed, here are some tutorials.

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Tye-dye tutorials at Art, Craft & Design

According to the site, Art, Craft & Design is a reference website of how-to’s (instructions, directions and tutorials) for realizing creative vision through different mediums. They have tutorials for pretty much every style of tye-dye, including videos and pictures displaying every style. It’s definitely a site worth checking out for tye-dye and more.

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Nicole Case gives a thorough tutorial of two different styles of tye-dye bleached shorts on her blog. She also includes pictures of her entire process.

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DIY Shibori with Indigo Dye Tutorial

I honestly think that every time I post tutorials on something, I end up falling in love with at least one website/blog. And this is definitely one of them. I love the design of the tutorial and of the end product. Jessica runs both the website and blog, and she sells her own designs. Give some of your time to this site, it will be worth it.

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DIY Tie-Dye Galaxy Shoe Tutorial, by SWELLMAYDE

Tye-dye does not have to be restricted to your shirts and shorts. You can also tye-dye your shoes! Aimee gives a full tutorial on the project on her site, SWELLMAYDE and also offers tutorials on SO many more DIY projects. Yet another site I have fallen in love with whilst on my tye-dye journey.

And if you choose to go the natural route…

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Natural tie-dye pillow tutorial, from HighonDIY

Holy cow! Another site that I have totally fallen head over homemade heels for. Rinchen De, who runs this site, shares not only DIY tutorials but also inspiration for her projects. She has a full-time job and also photographs street style when she’s not busy doing all of this. She’s awesome.

So know what else I learned from this post? I’ve been spelling it Tye-dye this whole time, but it’s actually spelled Tie-dye. Shows how much I don’t know about tie-dye!

Have a fun tie-dye tutorial to share or want to show off some of your work? Post in the comments!

Update on Baby Burrito Collective

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Tomorrow, it will officially be a month since the Baby Burrito Collective went online. Since then, we have gotten our first member, the lovely Heather Leigh, who also happens to be my very talented cousin. We are working on promoting her latest book, Red Nectar, which is geared towards teens. You can purchase Red Nectar at either Lulu or Amazon and it also comes as an e-book.

Once we are finished working on the online store, we are going to sell Red Nectar on our site as well, but that will have to wait for now!

We have started our Indiegogo campaign and have raised $60 so far. We were able to get business cards with that amount but we still have SO much more to do! If you are able to donate anything to our campaign, it would be amazing and we would be so incredibly grateful for it!

We are also looking for a volunteer writer/blogger who would love to do book reviews. You would be able to get all of the benefits of membership, but wouldn’t have to pay anything. Please visit Baby Burrito Collective’s Volunteer page if you are interested.

We are picking up speed for sure, but there is still so much that we want to do! And we need everyone’s support. Even if you aren’t able to donate, simply just spreading the word about the Baby Burrito Collective will help!

Thank you so much for helping me achieve my dreams!

Amanda

 

Gettin fit: journey to the skirt/ 365 days of yoga

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Current weight: 154

Goal: Switch soda for tea/ yoga twice a day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

journey to the skirtBefore I write anything else, let me just say…weighing yourself the day after BBQ day is NOT a good idea! Ok, now we can continue…last week went pretty good, until Thursday. Why is it always on Thursday when you just lose all motivation and self-control? Maybe it was the pizza my boyfriend brought home, which led to my first soft drink of the week. Who knows.

BUT, I did do yoga every day for a week. Only 358 days of yoga left…yay! I did the same morning routine for a week and now I’m looking to add a night routine. Since I’m done with last week’s morning routine, I found a new one from an awesome site on getting fit, tonedbellyplease.tumblr.com and it has bunnies! It can’t be that hard if bunnies can do it.

tumblr_mj4xxxABjd1rm1axqo1_1280Now, as for the night yoga, I really enjoyed doing this Relaxation Through Yoga the one time that I did it. I’m definitely going to start doing this again. It’s totally relaxing.

And now…the food. I love smoothies. I make them all the time. And I normally stick to the ingredients that I know and like, but I do always love finding new recipes. So, here’s my latest one:peanut-butter-banana-green-smoothie-recipe

I made my own today and loved it! Didn’t feel like having coffee or a big breakfast, so I ate this and it was perfect!

IMG_3944So, if you want to practice 365 days of yoga, just take a picture of you doing yoga and then use #365daysofyoga on Twitter or Instagram. And make sure to post your favorite healthy food/exercise/motivation in the comments!

Grow Write Guild #5: Listen to your garden

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Sometimes, I find it really hard to write a post about my garden. Aside from talking about what new plants are sprouting, there is not much left to say. And even that can be rather boring at times. That’s why I have really taken a liking to the Grow Write Guild over at You Grow Girl.

It’s cool to be able to read about other people’s gardens and to check out what they have going on, and it gives me something different to write about each week. So, this week’s prompt is: What does your garden sound like?

I am extremely, extremely lucky that my garden is located in the country. I don’t hear the cars driving by, I hear birds flying from tree to tree. I hear the dogs barking inside their crate and playing around. I hear the windmill creaking and the door leading to even more acreage, creak as it opens and closes by itself.

On most weekends, I hear my boyfriend and his dad working on their trucks and walking back and forth to the garage. If there is a light breeze, I’ll hear the plants swaying back and forth and if I bring my daughter with me, I’ll hear her obnoxiously loud bouncer as she jumps around.Sometimes, even as all this is going on around me, I don’t hear anything. I just close everything out of my mind and focus on the task at hand, ridding my beautiful, beautiful sanctuary of all the weeds!And sometimes, when I’m pulling out those weeds, I find the most exciting thing I have seen in a long time.  A RED TOMATO!IMG_3859I have attempted to plant tomatoes before, but they never worked out. This is my very, very first time I have had a red tomato! And I don’t even like tomatoes. But, I do love salsa! And my boyfriend is a tomato fan, so I put them in his sandwiches. They’re also good for pizza (duh) and homemade pasta sauce. I planted six tomato plants and they all have tomatoes growing, so I think we’ll be good on tomatoes for a while, may need to even give some away.
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Seriously though, look at those green wonders!

IMG_3864 IMG_3870The only thing that I’m a little worried about is my compost. It’s taking a while for all the fruit and veggies to compost, and I’m realizing that I should have probably cut them into pieces before throwing them in there (oops), so I’ll be doing that in the future for sure. It will take a while this way, but at least it will be ready for my next crop.IMG_3871If you have a garden that you love writing about, be sure to check out the Grow Write Guild, and that site in general. Share links to your garden in the comments!

Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favoritesToday, a good buddy of mine asked if I had an extra trellis she could use. All I have trellis-wise is chicken wire, which works wonders for a garden, but I knew there had to be interesting trellises lurking about. So, I hit the streets of Pinterest and found some really cool trellises! All of these wonderful gems are made from upcycled items, and if you happen to have a trellis that you no longer use, you can repurpose it in your home!

Who knew trellises could be so exciting?!

24258499Use an old screen door as your trellis. Learn more at The Morning Call.

081809trellis350And what about tennis rackets? Check it out at Apartment Therapy

tire-trellis-1My favorite by far…bike tires! From For The Love Of Skinny

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And for the trellises that are just sitting around? Put them to use!

p6050164Put them in your bathroom, to hold stuff. Learn more at Bees Knees Bungalow

If you have an idea for interesting trellises, please post it in the comments! You can check out my Pinterest for more ideas and if there is ever anything you want me to check out and write about for Thrifty Thursdays or Fridays are for Favorites, please let me know!

Thrifty Thursdays

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Last week, my stepsister gave me an old barn window that she was initially planning on selling. I was super excited to get said window as I had been pining over it for a while. Unfortunately, my schedule doesn’t allow for a whole lot of creative time, so it’s been sitting in my boyfriend’s car for a while. I was talking to him about building a bike and he reminded me that I needed to work on that window first.

Hence my inspiration for this week’s Thrifty Thursday post….upcycling barn windows! They can be used as table tops or as a photo display. It’s kind of insane what you could do with barn windows.

Old windows can make….

wpid-Photo-Jul-1-2011-1152-PM3artist inspiration boards, from Pretty Handy Girl

PA140091Jewelry holders, by Here’s to Handy Andy

photo (4)Photo frames, from Linda Peterson Designs

DSC_0036Coffee tables, from tatertots and jello

(guest post from Emily at Martha Shmartha)

Baby Greenhousegreenhouses, from DesignDreams by Anne

So, here’s what I have learned. There are A LOT of stuff you can do with windows. A LOT. The only problem is that not a lot of people are doing tutorials. But there are definitely a lot of sites to look at for inspiration. Hopefully the window will be out of my boyfriend’s car by this weekend and he can stop threatening to throw it over the fence…hopefully.

Have a window project you would like to share? Post in the comments! Check out my Pinterest for more awesome ideas.